Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming

Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming

by Anthony D. Barnosky
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Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming by Anthony D. Barnosky

In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come. In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world they’re unprepared for—and adaptation usually isn’t an option. This is not the first time climate change has dramatically transformed Earth. Barnosky draws connections between the coming centuries and the end of the last ice age, when mass extinctions swept the planet. The differences now are that climate change is faster and hotter than past changes, and for the first time humanity is driving it. Which means this time we can work to stop it. No one knows exactly what nature will come to look like in this new age of global warming. But Heatstroke gives us a haunting portrait of what we stand to lose and the vitality of what can be saved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597265294
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 04/16/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 841 KB

About the Author

Since 1990, Anthony D. Barnosky has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently holds the posts of Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

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leopardiNJ More than 1 year ago
The impact of climate change on biodiversity is touched upon in most book-length commentaries. In Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming, Anthony Barnosky has taken the topic to new lengths by devoting nearly the entire book to biodiversity and ecosystem impacts of global warming. Heatstroke was first published in 2009 but has been re-released in 2014 as a free eBook. This may be indicative of a market that is becoming somewhat saturated, but should not be taken as criticism of the quality of the book. While Heatstroke does have some limitations (no illustrations, graphs or figures, for instance) it is still a worthwhile and important contribution to climate change literature. Written in a style similar to that of Elizabeth Kolbert's climate change writings, Heatstroke is more-or-less an autobiographical account of Barnosky's own fieldwork spanning several continents. The accounts are interesting and, although largely non-technical, informative and matter-of-fact without the all-too-common preaching. Heatstroke is divided into three sections - background & dimensions of the problem; field examples; and, implications - with fourteen chapters and a brief, and expendable, Appendix on "Slowing Down Global Warming." One minor faux-pas of Barnosky's book is his frequent reference to the Medieval Warm Period. It is by now fairly well established that the Medieval Warm Period was real but regional, perhaps limited only to the north Atlantic. Thus, finding evidence in other regions is suggestive but may not prove anything of global significance. Nearly one-third of the book is devoted to detailed Notes followed by a good Index. Overall, Heatstroke nicely compliments other global change literature and is well worth a read. Richard R. Pardi Environmental Science William Paterson University
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Ended too soon